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CNN
Feb 17, 2013 3:00am EST
ever going to forget. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. joining me for an exclusive interview, birthday girl carey padilla, her mother, her close friend julie morgan and kerry's sister julie pringle all were onboard the carnival triumph of. we can all laugh about this now and say it was the cruise from hell, et cetera, but i want to take you back to the moment where this began with a fire onboard and smoke in the hallways and the ship listing to the side. was there ever a moment when you truly did believe this was an extraordinary danger? >> we have said this before. in the beginning, we thought it was very scary. then i would say within, i don't know, a half hour, an hour, we realized that our lives weren't in immediate danger anymore, and it was just going to be a matter of figuring out what we were going to do next. >> i think that's what a lot of people have said. they worried and then they didn't. i'm trying to figure out, how did it come to pass that you went from being terrified to being extremely frustrated for a number of days? >> well, i think the lack of i
CNN
Feb 18, 2013 3:00am EST
tragedy, strength and character. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. celebrated athlete oscar is in police custody tonight. he stands accused of horrible crime. the cold-blooded murder of his girlfriend. weeping in court as the charges are read against him, we are going to get to that case the world is talking about. coming up. but we begin with the remarkable story of the more than 4,000 people aboard the cruise ship "triumph" stranded for days. adrift at sea. cnn's martin savidge takes us through the ultimate holiday nightmare. >> reporter: fun in the sun. that's the promise of the carnival "triumph" and loves to offer a casino, disco, live entertainment, spa, swimming pools, all you can eat, and passengers expected plenty when departing galveston thursday. on sunday morning, the moment of crisis. in a flash, a fire breaks out in one of the ship's two engine rooms. a passenger shoots this cell phone video. at first the thousands aboard the ship is crippled, adrift in the middle of the gulf of mexico. but by day's end it is obvious the flighting city is almost completely powerless
CNN
Feb 9, 2013 4:30pm EST
. connecticut, and that's where we find our ashleigh banfield. so ashley, how is it out there? >> reporter: the sun is going down. and guess what happens when the sun goes down, deb? the temperature goes down too. and the warning here tonight is i just feel like debby downer all day. warning, warning, warning. but this is serious. the temperature is going down. with a wind chill to minus 10. in some areas of connecticut tonight. and here comes another gust with blowing snow, which makes drifts like this a problem. because no matter how many times -- watch what's coming behind me at about four seconds -- a plow. no matter how many times a plow goes by, the snow keeps drifting. so, yes, the governor lifted the travel ban a half hour ago. but he is begging people not to travel. it's the same story everywhere throughout this blizzard zone. it is a mess. have a look. the feared monster nor'easter didn't disappoint. 2 feet of snow. and in some places, plenty more. like tens of thousands of new englanders without power on saturday. >> this has been a record-breaking storm with snowfalls reported
CNN
Feb 15, 2013 6:00pm PST
evening, tonight, two stories of triumph, tragedy, strength, and character. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. celebrated athlete oscar pistorius is in police custody tonight. the double amputee track star turned national hero stands accused of a horrible crime. the cold-blooded murder of his girlfriend. weeping in court as the charges are read against him, we're going to get to that case that the world is talking about, coming up. >>> but we begin with the remarkable story of the more than 4,000 people aboard the cruise ship triumph, stranded for days. adrift at sea. cnn's martin savidge takes us through the ultimate holiday nightmare. >> fun in the sun, that's the promise of the carnival triumph, and with lots to offer, a casino, disco, spa, swimming pools, all you can eat, apparentlies expected plenty when departing galveston last thursday. on sunday morning, the moment of crisis. in a flash, a fire breaks out in one of the ship's two engine rooms. a passenger shoots this cell phone video. at first, the thousands aboard don't know the ship is crippled. adrift in the middle
CNN
Feb 15, 2013 9:00pm EST
special edition of "360." piers morgan tonight with ashleigh banfield starts now. >> tonight, triumph and tragedy onboard the nightmare cruise. harrowing stories from inside the crippled ship. >> we have been kept in the dark a lot. >> from the first signs of trouble to the fears they would never come home, and our exclusive with the sick passenger who was rescued at sea. >> it was hard. it was scary. it was -- oh, my god. >> plus, the other big news this week, fallen hero. the shocking story of oscar pistorius. did the paralympic superstormurder his cover girl girlfriend? the latest details on the blade runner accused of murder, and his rare up close and personal interview with piers that may surprise you. >> there are kids who look up to you. it's definitely something you have to keep in the back of your mind. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening, tonight, two stories of triumph, tragedy, strength, and character. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. celebrated athlete oscar pistorius is in police custody tonight. the double amputee track star turned national hero stands
CNN
Feb 17, 2013 12:00am PST
now none of them is ever going to forget. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. joining me for an exclusive interview, birthday girl carey padilla, her mother, her close friend julie morgan and kerry's sister julie pringle all were onboard the carnival triumph of. we can all laugh about this now and say it was the cruise from hell, et cetera, but i want to take you back to the moment where this began with a fire onboard and smoke in the hallways and the ship listing to the side. was there ever a moment when you truly did believe this was an extraordinary danger? >> we have said this before. in the beginning, we thought it was very scary. then i would say within, i don't know, a half hour, an hour, we realized that our lives weren't in immediate danger anymore, and it was just going to be a matter of figuring out what we were going to do next. >> i think that's what a lot of people have said. they worried and then they didn't. i'm trying to figure out, how did it come to pass that you went from being terrified to being extremely frustrated for a number of days? >> well, i think
CNN
Feb 16, 2013 3:00am EST
, two stories of triumph, tragedy, strength, and character. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. celebrated athlete oscar pistorius is in police custody tonight. the double amputee track star turned national hero stands accused of a horrible crime. the cold-blooded murder of his girlfriend. weeping in court as the charges are read against him, we're going to get to that case that the world is talking about, coming up. >>> but we begin with the remarkable story of the more than 4,000 people aboard the cruise ship triumph, stranded for days. adrift at sea. cnn's martin savidge takes us through the ultimate holiday nightmare. >> fun in the sun, that's the promise of the carnival triumph, and with lots to offer, a casino, disco, spa, swimming pools, all you can eat, passengers expected plenty when departing galveston last thursday. on sunday morning, the moment of crisis. in a flash, a fire breaks out in one of the ship's two engine rooms. a passenger shoots this cell phone video. at first, the thousands aboard don't know the ship is crippled. adrift in the middle of the gulf of mex
CNN
Feb 9, 2013 10:00am PST
there. what a great way to record it. poor camera getting hit with the storm. our ashleigh banfield is standing in all that snow, speaking of things that are being hit by the storm and people, of course. ashleigh, what is the situation out there? you have been out there and it is -- you look cold. i got to tell you. you look really, really cold. >> reporter: you know what, i'm canadian so i dress for it and the sun is out, deb ferryerickfo i feel like i'm at a ski resort if i squint. here's the thing. i've been living that time-lapse photo from last night and lived the drive on 95 to get to fairfield, connecticut, where i am right now, from near stamford. that should take about 20 minutes. took an hour 45. we were parked because people are breaking the travel bans. not a smart idea. governor of connecticut has said this travel ban is in effect until i say so. it doesn't mean it's lifted because the sun came out. we still have problems. we still have people unable to maneuver in this gas station. in fact, the gas station operator couldn't make it into work so the guy from the night shif
CNN
Feb 17, 2013 9:00pm PST
that look up to you is something you need to keep in the back of your mind. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers. weeping in court as the charges are read against him the we begin with the remarkable story of the more than 4,000 people aboard the cruise ship triumph stranded for days. we go through the ultimate holiday nightmare. >> reporter: fun in the sun. that's the promise of the carnival "triumph" and loves to offer a casino, disco, live entertainment, spa, swimming pools, all you can eat, and passengers expected plenty when departing galveston thursday. on sunday morning, the moment of crisis. in a flash, a fire breaks out in one of the ship's two engine rooms. a passenger shoots this cell phone video. at first the thousands aboard the ship is crippled, adrift in the middle of the gulf of mexico. but by day's end it is obvious the flighting city is almost completely powerless with nothing, backup generators, passengers find themselves without hot water or working toilets and eventually without enough to eat. you can hear the desperation in and the calls from the ship. >> all anyo
CNN
Feb 17, 2013 9:00pm EST
"piers morgan." >> triumph of traj i ddi, strength and character. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. celebrated athlete oscar is in police custody tonight. he stands accused of horrible crime. the cold-blooded murder of his girlfriend. weeping in court as the charges are read against him, we are going to get to that case the world is talking about. coming up. but we begin with the remarkable story of the more than 4,000 people aboard the cruise ship "trium "triumph" stranded for days. adrift at sea. cnn's martin savidge takes us through the ultimate holiday nightmare. >> reporter: fun in the sun. that's the promise of the carnival "triumph" and loves to offer a casino, disco, live entertainment, spa, swimming pools, all you can eat, and passengers expected plenty when departing galveston thursday. on sunday morning, the moment of crisis. in a flash, a fire breaks out in one of the ship's two engine rooms. a passenger shoots this cell phone video. at first the thousands aboard the ship is crippled, adrift in the middle of the gulf of mexico. but by day's end it is obvious the
CNN
Feb 18, 2013 12:00am PST
, which now none of them is ever going to forget. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. joining me for an exclusive interview, birthday girl carey padilla, her mother, her close friend, julie, and carey's sister were all onboard the carnival triumph. we can all laugh about this now and say it was the cruise from hell, et cetera, but i want to take you back to the moment where this began with a fire onboard and smoke in the hallways and the ship listing to the side. was there ever a moment when you truly did believe this was an extraordinary danger? >> we have said this before. in the beginning, we thought it was very scary. then i would say within, i don't know, a half hour, an hour, we realized that our lives weren't in immediate danger anymore, and it was just going to be a matter of figuring out what we were going to do next. >> i think that's what a lot of people have said. they worried and then they didn't. i'm trying to figure out, how did it come to pass that you went from being terrified to being extremely frustrated for a number of days? >> well, i think the lack of inform
CNN
Feb 17, 2013 6:00pm PST
, strength and character. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. celebrated athlete oscar is in police custody tonight. he stands accused of horrible crime. the cold-blooded murder of his girlfriend. weeping in court as the charges are read against him, we are going to get to that case the world is talking about. coming up. but we begin with the remarkable story of the more than 4,000 people aboard the cruise ship "trium "triumph" stranded for days. adrift at sea. cnn's martin savidge takes us through the ultimate holiday nightmare. >> reporter: fun in the sun. that's the promise of the carnival "triumph" and loves to offer a casino, disco, live entertainment, spa, swimming pools, all you can eat, and passengers expected plenty when departing galveston thursday. on sunday morning, the moment of crisis. in a flash, a fire breaks out in one of the ship's two engine rooms. a passenger shoots this cell phone video. at first the thousands aboard the ship is crippled, adrift in the middle of the gulf of mexico. but by day's end it is obvious the flighting city is almost completely powerless
CNN
Feb 16, 2013 6:00pm PST
morgan tonight." triumph and tragedy onboard the nightmare cruise. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers. joining me now for an exclusive interview, family members who boarded the triumph for what they called the 2013 divas cruise. let's bring in maria morales and janie frias. it's great to see you. all in one piece and looking very much like the divas i believe you believe you are. welcome back to dry land. >> yes, ma'am. thank you, thank you. >> maria, let me start with you. while so many people have said the conditions were so terrible onboard, and the photographs have proven it, you still seemed to get through this cruise with smiles on your faces and the party atmosphere really didn't go away much, did it? >> well, you know, we decided that's what we were going to do. you know, we were going to stay focused on what we got on the ship to do, is, you know, have fun. yes, there was quite a scare there, but we just had to do the best. we just had to, you know, get the best out of it. there was a lot of stuff, you know, we just didn't see it, i guess. as much as other people experienced
CNN
Feb 16, 2013 9:00pm PST
the 40th birthday, which now none of them is ever going to forget. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. joining me for an exclusive interview, birthday girl carey padilla, her mother, her close friend julie morgan and kerry's sister julie pringle all were onboard the carnival triumph. we can all laugh about this now and say it was the cruise from hell, et cetera, but i want to take you back to the moment where this began with a fire onboard and smoke in the hallways and the ship listing to the side. was there ever a moment when you truly did believe this was an extraordinary danger? >> we have said this before. in the beginning, we thought it was very scary. then i would say within, i don't know, a half hour, an hour, we realized that our lives weren't in immediate danger anymore, and it was just going to be a matter of figuring out what we were going to do next. >> i think that's what a lot of people have said. they worried and then they didn't. i'm trying to figure out, how did it come to pass that you went from being terrified to being extremely frustrated for a number of day
CNN
Feb 17, 2013 12:00am EST
birthday, which now none of them is ever going to forget. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. joining me for an exclusive interview, birthday girl carey padilla, her mother, her close friend julie morgan and kerry's sister julie pringle all were onboard the carnival triumph. we can all laugh about this now and say it was the cruise from hell, et cetera, but i want to take you back to the moment where this began with a fire onboard and smoke in the hallways and the ship listing to the side. was there ever a moment when you truly did believe this was an extraordinary danger? >> we have said this before. in the beginning, we thought it was very scary. then i would say within, i don't know, a half hour, an hour, we realized that our lives weren't in immediate danger anymore, and it was just going to be a matter of figuring out what we were going to do next. >> i think that's what a lot of people have said. they worried and then they didn't. i'm trying to figure out, how did it come to pass that you went from being terrified to being extremely frustrated for a number of days? >> w
CNN
Feb 16, 2013 9:00pm EST
ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. joining me for an exclusive interview, birthday girl carey padilla, her mother, her close friend julie morgan and carrie's sister julie pringle all were onboard the carnival triumph of. we can all laugh about this now and say it was the cruise from hell, et cetera, but i want to take you back to the moment where this began with a fire onboard and smoke in the hallways and the ship listing to the side. was there ever a moment when you truly did believe this was an extraordinary danger? >> we have said this before. in the beginning, we thought it was ve scary. then i would say within, i don't know, a half hour, an hour, we realized that our lives weren't in immediate danger anymore, and it was just going to be a matter it was just going to be a matter it was just going to be a matter of figuring out what we were going to do next. >> i think that's what a lot of people have said. they worried and then they didn't. i'm trying to figure out, how did it come to pass that you went from being terrified to being extremely frustrated for a number of da
CNN
Feb 16, 2013 12:00am PST
, tragedy, strength, and character. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. celebrated athlete oscar pistorius is in police custody tonight. the double amputee track star turned national hero stands accused of a horrible crime. the cold-blooded murder of his girlfriend. weeping in court as the charges are read against him, we're going to get to that case that the world is talking about, coming up. >>> but we begin with the remarkable story of the more than 4,000 people aboard the cruise ship triumph, stranded for days. adrift at sea. cnn's martin savidge takes us through the ultimate holiday nightmare. >> fun in the sun, that's the promise of the carnival triumph, and with lots to offer, a casino, disco, spa, swimming pools, all you can eat, passengers expected plenty when departing galveston last thursday. on sunday morning, the moment of crisis. in a flash, a fire breaks out in one of the ship's two engine rooms. a passenger shoots this cell phone video. at first, the thousands aboard don't know the ship is crippled. adrift in the middle of the gulf of mexico. but by day's end, it'
CNN
Feb 8, 2013 11:00am EST
there. i want to bring in ashleigh banfield in new york to take us through a lot of the snow, the rain, the ice, everything that will happen in the next 24 hours. ashleigh? >> reporter: you know new york too well. i look like i'm in a rainstorm, a sleet storm, i am. we're in a morphing stage right now. where these people are all trying to gorks taking the yellow cabs, maybe a visit in central park it's not going to last. it's going to get really ugly and things will shut down. they are looking to revise the transit in and out of the city. but new york has been to this before. a couple of months ago we dealt with sandy. traffic was really light into manhattan today. me thinks it's going to stay light as well. look at this guy right here. he is right now using a skimmer just to make sure that people don't skid along in the slushy mess. but he's going to have to get himself a big shovel like the rest of us. fema has already put out the warnings to new englanders. get ready. get preprayered. batteries, shovels, candles, gasoline. there are already lines for gasoline. we went through t
CNN
Feb 9, 2013 11:00am EST
, out of operation. more than 5,000 flights canceled. >> and ashleigh banfield joins me now from fairfield, connecticut. i heard you on the phone. it was a white-knuckle drive just to get you there. >> reporter: marty savidge, do you know how long it took me to get to this town from where i live which is typically about a 15-minute drive? it took one hour and 45 minutes. i spent about 45 of those minutes right at the exit. when the governor says don't drive, the governor means what he says. it's really stupid for anyone else -- i was single file on 95 with a bunch of yahoos who shouldn't have been there passing wreck after wreck after wreck. not only that, very few plays could you exit or get on to the freeway because snowplows had created four-foot banks that were shut into exit. you were shut in to a gas station or shut out of a gas station on and on like that. it was single file for a long time. almost didn't make my live shot for you now. let me give you a feel for this. it is windy. it's sunny and lovely, and the snow has stopped. but because there's so much wind, it looks l
CNN
Feb 9, 2013 7:30am EST
many people as they try to struggle through all of what is happening with the snow that's coming down. let's go right now to ashleigh banfield fro
CNN
Feb 17, 2013 2:00am PST
nation, from sports team to gray-haired grandmas possessed by the sudden urge to dance spastically and post it online. here's one of our favorites starting with the university georgia swim team. ♪ do the harlem shake ♪ the harlem shake ♪ do the harlem shake ♪ do the harlem shake >> i have a quick explainer for you. the videos start with one person dancing alone, then when the bass drops, everyone bursts into spastic dance moves. some cnners decided to have a little fun of their own today in front of cnn's iconic red letters. watch it. ♪ ♪ do the harlem shake >> youtube says harlem shake videos have been viewed 44 million times worldwide. i've lived in harlem. never seen anybody dance like that. from the cnn world headquarters in atlanta, i'm don lemon. thanks for watching. good night -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >> tonight, harrowing stories from inside that disabled cruise ship. and a sick passenger who was rescued at sea. >> it was hard. it was scary. it was -- oh, my good. >> plus, the other big news this week -- fallen hero. the shocking story of oscar pistorius. did the paralympic superstar murder his covergirl girlfriend? his interview with piers that may surprise you. this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening two stories of triumph of, tragedy, strength and character. celebrated athlete oscar pistorius is in police custody tonight. the double amputee track star turned national hero stands accused of a horrible crime, the gold-blooded murder of his girlfriend. we begin with the remarkable story of the more than 4,000 people aboard the cruise ship triumph of, stranded at days, adrift at say. martin savage takes us through the ultimate holiday nightmare. >> fun in the sun, that's the promise of the carnival triumph, and with lots to offer, a casino, disco, spa, swimming pools, all you can eat, passengers expected plenty when departing galveston last thursday. on sunday morning, the moment of crisis. in a flash, a fire breaks out in one of the ship's two engine rooms. a passenger shoots this cell phone video. at first, the thousands aboard don't know the ship is crippled. adrift in the middle of the gulf of mexico. but by day's end, it's obvious this virtual floating city is almost completely powerless with nothing but back-up generators. passengers find themselves without hot water or working toilets, and eventually, without enough to eat. you can hear the desperation in the calls from the ship. >> it takes three and a half hours to get food. the smells -- i can't even describe them. there is sewage, raw sewage. pretty bad. you walk in the hallway, you have to cover your face. we don't have any masks for breathing. >> dead in the water, all anyone at sea or on land can do is wait. >> actually, the first day i was able to get through to tim, i cried. and one of my friends who was with me got through to her husband, and we cried, too. partly out of fear and frustration because at that point, we still didn't know exactly what had happened and if it would happen again. we still were very in the dark. that was very scary times, and yes, people are starting to lose it a little bit. tempers are flaring. people are being very snippy. >> with no air conditioning, decks turned to tent camps. inside, mattresses line hallways. everywhere, the smell of sewage. >> oh, wow. >> mary's 12-year-old daughter is on that ship with her father. >> i cannot imagine that the horror that they have had to deal with, with no food, lines to go to the bathroom. seeing urine and feces in the hall, sleeping on the floor, nothing to eat. people fighting over food. >> by tuesday, with food supplies dwindling, cell phones dying, and conditions worsening, carnival's president and ceo apologizes. >> let me assure you that no one here from carnival is happy about the conditions onboard the ship. and we obviously are very, very sorry about what is taking place. there is no question that conditions onboard the ship are very challenging. >> by thursday, passengers say the 1100 crew members onboard are the only thing that staves off mutiny, but as tugboats tug the 100,000 ton boat to land and helicopters however above, mary connects with her daughter. >> i want to tell my mom i love her so much, and i can't wait to see her. >> i love you too, baby. >> but the journey still has one more miserable surprise. as captured in this video, a tow line snaps. >> oh, my gosh. >> after another delay, finally, the last mile into mobile. for the passengers, the carnival triumph nightmare is over. >> we were all together, and that was what was the most important. and just glad to be alive. >> sorry, carnival, for taking your bathrobe. i did not pay for this, but i figure they owed me. >> with me now is rachel, who because of a medical emergency, was evacuated from the ship days before it reached the shore. rachel, what happened that you needed to be rescued? >> well, i need a kidney, so i needed to do dialysis. and i do it like three times a week. and i had already missed one day on a saturday. and the doctor had said it was okay, but i was supposed to be here on monday. and then tuesday go to a dialysis, when i was supposed to go, but that's when, you know, the boat got caught on fire on sunday. so they had to get the coast guard -- >> yeah, how did you get off the main ship and to medical attention? what did they do? >> they got the coast guards and transferred me to another boat, another ship. sent me to cozumel to do dialysis on tuesday. >> how was it actually getting onto the tiny vessels? from the view, from the deck of the ship, those are teeny tiny boats. i know they're not when you're in them, but it can't be an easy transfer to get onto those boats. >> it was hard. it was scary. it was -- oh, my god. you know, it was scary the way they put me down. they put me in a rope, and the coast guard said don't worry about it, they would catch me. and you know, they were going to hold me back, and they did. then they transferred me to the bigger boat. and you know, it was good. it was easy to get off on the other boats. >> your sister sophie was supposed to go with you, but as i understand it, that wasn't possible. why? >> yes, she was supposed to come also, but the water was too choppy. and it was too dangerous for her to cross over. they barely had enough time to take me across the ocean. >> so now i'm seeing the two of you, both in your life preservers. look, you're smiling in the picture, but i can't imagine you were smiling during this ordeal? >> we -- at that time, you know, we were just playing around or whatever. but we didn't know what we were getting into until we got to the door. but we were both supposed to -- we both had our life jackets on and everything so we could get on that boat. we didn't even know -- we thought it was going to be like a chartered bus. a chartered boat. we didn't know it was going to be one of those small ones. and you know, it was scary, you know, but they tried to take her over and they couldn't. >> when you got to the sister ship of the triumph, and i believe it's called the legend, you were able to once again get from the itty-bitty boat to the larger ship and progress to shore and get treatment. how long did it take before you got your dialysis? >> um, i think they had said eight hours. they said eight hours, then i got to cozumel. they took me to go do my dialysis, then after that, they took me to the airport. and i arrived at 9:00 that evening. >> the compensation, while it may seem like a lot to some, others are complaining. given what you have been through, $500, a free flight home, a refund for your trip, and a credit for another cruise, does that cut it for you, or is that something that's just not going to really assuage the concerns you have for what you have been through? >> um, to me, i'm fine with that. i'm fine with that. i'm not greedy or anything. i'm fine with that. the crew was good to us. you know, what happened to the ship wasn't the crew's fault or anything or whatever. but you know, i'll take what they give me. >> so what do you think about one of your fellow passengers suing carnival and saying that she suffered all sorts of damages from emotional to physical? >> well, you know, honestly, you know, in spite of what i went through, they were worse than i was. they -- they were the ones, because mine was just the beginning. it happened on sunday morning. and yes, you know, i was suffering a little bit on monday, and then when i got to my dialysis and was home on tuesday, but they were the ones who were more, you know, in pain and suffering, you know. >> well you are an amazing lady. let me just say having gone through what you went through, being rescued from a ship, being put onto choppy waters by the coast guard and taking to emergency dialysis, only to suggest your fellow passengers had it worse than you, you're awesome. rachel, thanks for being with us. >> thank you. >> they say bad things come in threes. imagine this, stranded on a cruise ship for five days and then taken on a bus that breaks down. only to board a flight that's delayed by yet another power problem. unbelievable. joining me now for an exclusive interview is jacob combs who might be one of the unluckiest travelers you will ever meet. you have had what we like to call in the news business, a hell of a day. >> yeah, you know, it started out nice, sun shiny, thought it was going to work out well, but you know, with all of the problems that come with the ship, to add the plane problems and the bus problems with it, too, seems pretty par for the course this week. >> what happened to the bus? you were supposed to go to new orleans. it doesn't seem like it was that far away. >> you know, it really wasn't that far away. you would think it probably would have worked out, but basically, we were driving down the road. we're thinking we're going to get in this warm bed. we're going to have a hot shower, a good meal. and he starts pulling over to the side of the road. rattling in the back. he gets out, and a belt's come loose. so we're there for about an hour before we can take off. and we don't get in until 5:00 a.m. you got to smile, you've got to laugh about it when those things come up. >> good for you for having that attitude. i think the majority of the problem licked right there. you get back on the bus, you're back in new orleans. the belt's back on, engine's running. you're on a plane now. and what? >> well, actually, they gave us a different bus, so we were on a whole other one, and we had to wait for it. but we get on a flight that's supposed to leave at 8:30, and i'm on my phone and not paying attention, and i look down at my watch and it's 9:30, 9:45. an hour and 15 minutes pass from when we're supposed to leave. i couldn't find a stewardess, i didn't know what was going on. when we landed, one of my friends onboard said i can't believe it happened again. she was on the bus. she said it was an electrical problem and it caused the delay. a domino effect, ship wrecked, the bus breaks, and then the plane. >> we've been looking at the pictures you've been taking the last picture, we saw you outside the plane looking like you're having a lot of fun with it. were there some people who weren't quite as positive as you and were really angry after all this? >> you know, i think each person on the ship had a different experience, and that caused certain reactions. i mean, some people had more flooding. some people had more smoke. some people had a really hard time. maybe they were elderly and couldn't get up the stairs. that justified some of their response. as i have said a couple times, you've got to find a way to be positive in that situation and look on the bright side or it's just going to become even more miserable for yourself and miserable for everyone around. i think that's the kind of policy i decided i was going to live with despite the horrible conditions. and there was lots of positives. the crew was amazing. they helped out hand and foot, all the time. there was nothing to complain about on that side. it's just there was too much to handle. >> so let me ask you this, one of your fellow cruisers named cassie terry, maybe doesn't feel as positive as you do, and she's launched a federal suit against carnival, and she's said that the conditions were horrifying. she was forced to wade through human waste, and she's now suing for physical and emotional harm, including anxiety, nervousness, and this part, the loss of enjoyment of life. do you back her? >> well, i would say i don't know her personally, and if she really went through all that, that sounds like a horrible experience. i understand from just an empathetic standpoint, if i had to go through that, i would be in maybe some of the states she's in. i personally wouldn't file a lawsuit, but that's my decision. and i don't know her experience. i feel awful for her. i'm sure the crew feels awful for her. so hopefully it can get taken care of in a positive way and things can move on from there. >> you're in galveston now, and you live in irving, and that's not close. somehow you have to get between point a and point b. are you going to use a vehicle of some sort? >> well, i think i'm going to enjoy the sun a little bit right now. you can see it's beautiful out here. i'm going to kick back at the beach, take a deep breath, enjoy the land, and then i probably will have to get in my car and head north. i think my boss will probably want me to come back to work at some point. >> ah. >> i will have to endure another vehicle. hopefully it just doesn't break down. >> there's always that buzz kill at the end of a vacation, even a bad vacation, that's going back to work. say hello to the people of dallas and irving for us. jacob, great to see you. >> thanks for having me on. >> when we come back, a birthday surprise goes bust. our exclusive with a group of women who thought they would be celebrating rather than struggling at sea. chances are, you're not made of money, so don't overpay for motorcycle insurance. geico, see how much you could save. new griddle-melts to yourime usual breakfast sandwich. a lot more flavor. 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>> we have said this before. in the beginning, we thought it was very scary. then i would say within, i don't know, a half hour, an hour, we realized that our lives weren't in immediate danger anymore, and it was just going to be a matter of figuring out what we were going to do next. >> i think that's what a lot of people have said. they worried and then they didn't. i'm trying to figure out, how did it come to pass that you went from being terrified to being extremely frustrated for a number of days? >> well, i think the lack of information initially, they just kept saying it's a little fire. we don't know. we don't know. so after a point, you just relax because you don't know anything. and what can you do? you're essentially trapped, and you can't change your mind and get off. so you just had to go with the flow. >> i'm looking at some of the pictures and video that have come in to us since everybody has gotten back on dry land and been able to actually establish cell phone power and cell phone service. and you know, it did look kind of scary for a while there. you guys, this was a 40th birthday, big surprise, and all four of you got together. two ofour husbands doing this for you, but there were other passengers with little kids. you must have seen some of that and the way some of those little kids weren't certain they were okay. what was it like? >> the kids had fun. they were running around on the ship. the crew did a lot to play with the kids and have events for them. i think the parents of the children are probably more stressed than the children themselves. >> i was thankful we didn't have our kids with us. >> i'll bet. >> but i had mine. >> this was a 40th birthday for you. i have a little experience in the celebrations of 40th birthdays, and normally, it involves an open bar. but this ship was not really serving a lot of booze. at one point, they did, though, right? characterize for me why some people were upset that the booze started to flow, and other people thought there should have been more? >> i don't think that there should have been more. >> no. >> again, we know how to handle ourselves, but there's always that group of people that don't, much like the food situation, they take too much. they drink too much and were acting the fool. and you know, we each had one and were done. i think they being the crew intended it to be a nice gesture, and for those of us with sense, it was taken that way. >> some of the pictures i saw of you before all of the disaster started looked like you were having a really good time. two of your husbands posed for a photograph with carnival's vice president, one of their vice presidents, terry thornton. what was this like? what did he say to you? it's great you had personal contact with him, but what was said? >> i think they were just talking to him, saying hello. they weren't mean to him. they weren't upset. my husband said they told him they knew carnival was doing everything they can for us and they weren't concerned. they wanted us to come back as soon as possible, and everything was okay. we weren't one of the ones going to come off the ship screaming, and our husbands knew that. >> i think they were trying to tell them we were saying good things. the crew was phenomenal, they were. no fault of theirs at all. >> speaking of the people who run the show, the crew continues to be a theme that each and every passenger has lauded. all i hear is that these were the most incredible people to handle an emergency, and do you think that's why there are fewer people who are really angry getting off that ship? >> absolutely, because you knew you could always find someone. our steward on our floor, even though we didn't stay down there, we went down a few times every day, he was always there, helpful. we could look for him and find him at all times, which made it seem like he was never sleeping, even though we knew he got short breaks.
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for joining me today, "cnn newsroom" continues with ashleigh banfield. >> hi. let's start this way, a fireball streak into the try and slams into russia. more than 1,000 people reported hurt by the flying glass. the collapsing buildings. look at the images. li listen to the sound. we'll take you there. >>> now, also, since the 4,000 people are off that disgusting cruise ship, what happens to the ship now. >>> and that olympic athlete, oscar pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend in his own home, collapses and sobs in court. we have a lot of news happening on the ground. but the big shock and awe, falling from the sky is leading it all. i'm talking quite literally here. while you were sleeping this unbelievable scene was unfolding in southern russia. close encounters of the third kind. wow. raining down near the euro mountains, that is a meteor breaking up over the earth's atmosphere. it's like a crazy scene from a movie but it's real. make no mistake, the scenes and the light coming from a meteor as it streaks across the side. the blinding flash. the deafening explosion. ca
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Feb 17, 2013 5:00am EST
to celebrate the 40th birthday, which now none of them is ever going to forget. i'm ashleigh banfield in for piers morgan. joining me for an exclusive interview, birthday girl carey padilla, her mother, her close friend julie morgan and kerry's sister julie pringle all were onboard the carnival triumph of. we can all laugh about this now and say it was the cruise from hell, et cetera, but i want to take you back to the moment where this began with a fire onboard and smoke in the hallways and the ship listing to the side. was there ever a moment when you truly did believe this was an extraordinary danger? >> we have said this before. in the beginning, we thought it was very scary. then i would say within, i don't know, a half hour, an hour, we realized that our lives weren't in immediate danger anymore, and it was just going to be a matter of figuring out what we were going to do next. >> i think that's what a lot of people have said. they worried and then they didn't. i'm trying to figure out, how did it come to pass that you went from being terrified to being extremely frust
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Feb 9, 2013 8:00am PST
the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. >>> i'm ashleigh banfield in fairfield, connecticut, where the blowing snow has given way to a mess, but at least the blizzard's over. not the same for everyone. i'll update you on the whole situation in just a moment. >> thanks, ashleigh. i'm deborah feyerick at cnn headquarters in atlanta. lomts of major news stories today including the blizzard blanketing parts of the northeast. no power, no mail. that is what more than half a million people are facing today across the northeast. as of right now, more than 3 feet of snow has fall en in some areas. some roads are so treacherous the u.s. postal service is suspending mail in seven states. we'll take you across the region ahead. >>> she's the newest face in the war on gun violence. today in chicago 15-year-old heidi ya pendleton will be buried and among her mourners will be first lady michelle obama. pendleton was shot in the back just days after marching in the president's inaugural parade. police say got caught in the cross fire between gangs. >>> in california, search teams are back
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Feb 8, 2013 11:00am PST
right here on cnn. coming up, ashleigh banfield live in connecticut. she is measuring what has been falling so far. we'll talk to her in a moment. (dog) larry,larry,larrryyy. why take exercise so seriously,when it can be fun? push-ups or sprints? what's wrong with fetch? or chase? let's do this larry! ooh, i got it, i got it! (narrator) the calorie-smart nutrition in beneful healthy weight... includes grains and real chicken, because a healthy dog is a playful dog. beneful healthy weight. find us on facebook to help put more play in your day. ♪ it was the best day ♪ ♪ it was the best day yeah! ♪ it was the best day ♪ because of you [sigh] [echoing] we make a great pair. huh? progressive and the great outdoors -- we make a great pair. right, totally, uh... that's what i was thinking. covering the things that make the outdoors great. now, that's progressive. call or click today. >>> we'll get you back to the blizzard in a moment. we have to talk about this manhunt under way right now in southern california. briefly we just heard from the sheriff of san bernardino county, cal
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an hour from now, per governor patrick. and ashleigh banfield in greenwich, connecticut. we'll check the conditions there. chad myers, i'll begin with you. when is the worst of this supposed to hit? >> i would say 10:00 to midnight tonight that depends where you are, of course. somewhere around the 10:00 hour this low is going to be as close to the coast as it is going to get. that's when the fire hose of snow is going to come pouring in to new hampshire. >> fire hose of snow. >> yeah, literally. like a snow machine, going to be picking up -- you heard of lake-effect snow, if you're around buffalo, you know all about it. when the cold air comes across the lake and there is snow dumped on the land, downwind of the lake. this could do the same thing. this storm will pick up moisture from the atlantic ocean, and that moisture will enhance the storm more and enhance the potential for the humidity or the amount of water in the air and then just dump it as it gets in here, into portland, into places like the upper elevations here of new hampshire, boston, rhode island. i just listene
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Feb 25, 2013 8:00am PST
joining me today. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >> thank you very much, carol. hello, everyone. good to have you with us. i'm ashleigh banfield. the vatican fighting off rumors of unholy scandals behind the pope's resignation as a cardinal quits under a cloud. >>> cannibalism in the courtroom. an officer, a police officer, accused of plotting to cook and eat women, and he goes on trial today. >>> and a mega trial over millions of gallons of oil spilled in the gulf. it could mean billions and billions more in fines for bp. >>> so leave it to $85 billion in spending cuts to remind people just how much the federal government matters. moments from now, president obama and vice president biden are due to meet with the nation's governors who do not need reminding that they're able to meet their payrolls, employ their citizens and their citizens largely because of washington's host. for the rest of us, the white house is pointing out how spending cuts in almost every federal program and department are going to affect each state. let's go to a couple of them. fo
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ashleigh banfield did such an incredible job of really taking us on board that ship and painting a picture, if you will, of passengers who are talking directly to her. and one of the folks she had a chance to speak to is 10-year-old allie taylor, and she was waving from the ship earlier today. she was wearing a pink sweater. she was able to actually look up to our helicopter and give a big wave, a big shout out there. she's with her friend rebekah poret, the 12-year-old who is actually in the yellow there. you'll see them jumping up and down. they were so excited when we were able to -- to talk about it. and we see allie there. she's in pink. she's waving wildly. and i think we have allie on the phone. allie, can you hear me? it's suzanne malveaux at cnn. >> yes, i can hear. >> allie, i think we've got your mom on the other line as well. kim taylor, kim, are you there? >> oh, yes, i'm here. >> kim, what have you -- have you been able to talk to allie since this -- since this happened? >> no. this is the first time i've gotten to talk to her since monday. >> all right. well, kim, wh
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. rebecca, can you hear me? >> yes. >> hi, this is ashleigh banfield at cnn. i talked to your mom yesterday. and she's on shore waiting for you. >> ma'am? >> can you hear me okay, rebecca? your mom is waiting for you on shore. i just talked to her yesterday. >> yeah. she -- i just talked to her. and she, um, i'm so excited to see her and she's so excited to see me. i can't wait to get back. >> i'll bet. rebecca, how has this been for you and your dad? >> it's been really, really difficult. getting the food and not knowing what you're going to be able to eat, whether it's going to be cold and not knowing it's going to be hot. and it's been hard. >> and i'll bet you and your friend allie kind of thought this was going to be a lot of fun, right? >> yeah, we did. and then this happened. and then it's just kind of been -- it got bad. it got worse. and then it's just horrible. >> well, i tell you what, rebecca, we can see you from shore. the picture that our tv screen is showing all the viewers watching is your ship that you're on right now as it makes its way to shore. so, you're very,
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Feb 1, 2013 8:00am PST
wait. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >>> that is one excited anchor, carol costello, i know you love your football. i'll be thinking about you on sunday. hi, everybody, it's good to have you with us. i want to take you straight to wall street. big, big story happening. stocks are surging. and i don't mean just surging, i mean to new heights. heights we haven't seen in five years. the dow hitting 14,000, just a short time ago and that's for the first time since october 2007. yes, you can say hooray. today's rally thanks in part to the january jobs report which just came out this morning. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange. i can assume there's quite a bit of activity going on. what's it like down there? >> well, believe it or not, there was no reaction when the dow hit that 14,000 level. it hit there and pulled back a little. you see the dow now just below that at 13,999. and you know what got the dow over that sort of hump? it was that jobs report, the jobs report was very strong. it showed that 157,000 jobs were added to the economy in january. and
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. . >>> hello, everybody. i'm christine romans in for ashleigh banfield. the blade runner walks for now. a bombshell ruling in an announcement from pretoria. she swirms and tries to stick to her story. jodi arias. >>> two days away from historic daytona 500 danica patrick is on a roll. >>> oscar pistorius is getting out on bail. the blade runner will walk out of a courthouse today after days of uncertainty. his bond has been set the 1 million rand. about $100,000. he can't return to his house and must report every monday and friday to a police station. he must avoid witnesses, surrender his passport and can't go near an airport. the magistrate took two hours to explain his position and why he doesn't consider pistorius a flight risk. >> it may not necessarily be the case that he is now committed to face 15 years imprisonment or life imprisonment. i cannot find that the accused -- i cannot find that it has been established that the accused is a flight risk or that that ground has been established that is needed to be established. >> robyn curnow is live from pretoria, south africa. tell us
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Feb 17, 2013 1:00am EST
. i'm ashleigh banfield. thanks for watching, everyone. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines. a truck bomb killed at least 79 people in central pakistan. at least 180 others were wounded. police say the explosives were packed inside a water tanker and detonated by remote control. the attack was the latest in an ongoing campaign of violence against muslim shiites in the region. >>> cardinals could meet sooner than thought to decide on a new pope. benedict xvi steps down at the end of the month. >>> an idaho man could get a year in federal prison for smacking a toddler on a recent delta flight. according to court paperers, joe ricky hundley he used the "n" word and slapped the 2-year-old when the boy started crying as the play descended into atlanta. he faces a federal assault charge. >>> from 130 miles an hour to 0 in the blink of an eye. it happened friday night in iowa during a high-speed chase. the police officer was already out of his cruiser so he was okay. but the dr
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Feb 9, 2013 6:00pm EST
, the blizzard in the northeast. we go to ashleigh banfield in fairfield, connecticut. how are things there? >> as the day turned into night, the temperatures are plummeting. and what started as a big snowfall story has become a snow on the ground story. the plows are still out all over this state and all over the northeast. trying to keep up with the mess that was left behind. this gas station behind me, it is dead. it is empty. not because they're out of gas, they're out of employees. no one could get here to reopen it. not only that, but the actual gas pumps just started getting too cold and wouldn't work. above this gas station is i-95 and it is chock a block like a parking lot. the problem is, even though the travel ban was lifted in connecticut today, the governor said, please, please, don't travel, we're still in emergency mode. we still need plows to get out. we still need those utility crews to get out and restore power to tens of thousands of people. trouble is, no one's listening and it is a mess up there and they are stuck. here's the other issue. six people is our count a
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. i'm are ashleigh banfield, thanks for watching, everyone. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "early start weekend" good to see you and here we go, again. more snow plablanketing the easn u.s. causing massive pileups. >>> new details of oscar pistorius what his family is telling us about the super star. >>> do you know who is turning 50? a look back at the man, the legend, michael jordan. it is sunday, february 17th. >>> good morning to you. getting up early today. i'm christi paul in for randi kaye. i want to start with you in vatican city for a beginning and end of sorts here. pope benedict xvi is residing from st. peter's square right now. this is one of the last appearances he will make as pope. on the other end of the spectrum it is audition day for some of his successors. joining me now from rome cnn international correspondent ben wedemen. ben, i want to start with pope benedict. how will he spend his last 11 days now as pope? >> well, right now what we see is a much larger crowd that he's addressing in st. peter's square. numbers as high as 150,000 people on a
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monday. i'm ashleigh banfield. thanks for watching, everyone. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines. a truck bomb killed at least 79 people in central pakistan. at least 180 others were wounded. police say the explosives were packed inside a water tanker and detonated by remote control. the attack was the latest in an ongoing campaign of violence against muslim shiites in the region. >>> cardinals could meet sooner than thought to decide on a new pope. benedict xvi steps down at the end of the month. >>> an idaho man could get a year in federal prison for smacking a toddler on a recent delta flight. he used the "n" word and slapped the 2-year-old when the boy started crying as the play descended into atlanta. he faces a federal assault charge. >>> from 130 miles an hour to 0 in the blink of an eye. it happened friday night in iowa during a high-speed chase. the police officer was already out of his cruiser so he was okay. but the driver of the speeding car was killed. after the
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i'm ashleigh banfield. it takes a lot to get senior lawmakers in the very same room. today we can thank rosa parks for making it happen. just take a look at this live picture as we speak, a dedication ceremony is getting under way in the u.s. capitol. it's for a statue honoring the won who refused to give up her seat on a city bus in alabama circa 1955. the nation's first african-american president is due to speak in about 40 minutes and you're going to hear from him live right here on cnn and you can follow the ceremony start to finish on cnn.com. all the dignitaries filing into the capitaocapitol. by the werek it will be a houseful with congressional leaders who will join the president. this is a big deal too. while there are many statues in the capitol there are almost none that are a congressional effort so to speak. many private funds feature statues. this is something congress has done for one of the most important women in american history. >>> but we're going to start with multitudes staying good-bye to a pope. he gives up and resigns the leadership of the roman catholic c
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Feb 18, 2013 1:00am PST
monday. i'm ashleigh banfield. thanks for watching, everyone. >>> history made. danica patrick becomes the first woman ever to win the pole position in nascar. don't be modest. you won this time. what are you doing this time? >> i don't know if i know how to answer that. >> she talks with me about making history. >>> and flying with kids is tough, but one woman says that a boozy passenger slapped her child and then called her a racial slur. >>> the murder of john lennon and letters surfacing from his killer to the arresting officer. we're talking to the former cop. >>> and a favorite american whiskey reverses course after fans get angry over a formula change. >>> hello, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm don lemon and we want to get you up to speed on the day's headlines. sports history has been made today, and a boy's club no more. danica patrick has won the pole at the daytona 500, breaking 196 miles an hour in one qualifying lap. she's the first woman to win the pole at daytona or any sprint cup race. i interviewed danica a while ago and stay right there, and i will show you the f
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. >>> and hello everyone, i'm christine romans in for ashleigh banfield, the las vegas strip, one of the most famous streets in the world shut down this morning moll noling a hooting and fiery crash that left three dead and mangled cars everywhere. cnn spoke with a spokesman of the las vegas police department. >> approximately 4:20 this morning two vehicles were northbound las vegas boulevard at flamingo when one of the vehicles described as a black range rover sport fired shots into a second vehicle, a maserati, striking the driver and the passenger of that vehicle. it caused it to go out of control, continues through the intersection, striking a cab which subsequently catches on fire and then striking four additional vehicles. as a result three of the -- three of those occupants of the vehicles were transported for injuries, and the cab driver and the passenger were trapped inside the vehicle. at this time we have three confirmed deceased, two of those being the cab driver and the passenger, and the driver of the maserati. one of the occupants in the maserati was wounded from the shots
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